A New York woman says she reapplied to her job after learning her employer posted the position online and offered between $32,000 to $90,000 more than her salary.
Kimber Nguyen,25, noticed the job listing on LinkedIn and learned that her employer offered a higher salary rate than what she was being paid. Nguyen worked as a UX writer and revealed her findings on Twitter. ‘My company just listed on LinkedIn a job posting for what I’m currently doing (so we’re hiring another UX writer), and now thanks to salary transparency laws, I see that they intend to pay this person $32k-$90k more than they currently pay me, so I applied,’ the tweet reads. Although she didn’t list her employer, the tweet was viewed over 12 million times and made it clear there is a pay inequity, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“I don’t want to hear one more peep out of them about diversity, equity, and inclusion. I don’t want to see any more of our C-suite execs recommend books for women’s history month. There were tangible actions they could’ve taken and they chose to perform these values. thank you.”
Nguyen continued to say that she argued about pay equity within the workplace and informed her managers that she was being underpaid. She clarified that she would’ve been less upset if that salary difference was between $10,000 to $15,000.
‘I have also been arguing for months about the pay inequity. I have told my managers multiple times that I know I’m being underpaid. I have gotten the runaround, and they know they can do this right now in a tough labor market.’
Afterward, she sent the link to other UX writers in a group chat, including her bosses, and asked if she could apply for the same position with a high salary. Her bosses called an emergency meeting the following day, and the post was removed, but it was reposted several hours later.
“They’re saying its an internal posting and wasn’t meant for anyone to apply to externally because public companies legally have to post jobs even if it’s an internal conversion…but that doesn’t solve the fact that someone internally is still now going to make $32k+ more??”
Nguyen and her colleagues were told that ‘no one is getting a raise’ and were threatened with layoffs after the controversial meeting. However, Nguyen said she is looking for remote positions for UX writing after being disgusted by her employer’s actions.
‘I’m officially announcing that I am looking for UX writing roles, preferably remote, but I am currently located in New York City. Let me know if you have any leads,’ she tweeted.
On a lighter note, Nguyen is also a poet, and she revealed her published poems reached the top three on Amazon’s Asian-American poetry bestsellers. Her employer didn’t respond to the job application as of yet.